We’ve been waiting for the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending for what seems like forever now, and with the movie being pushed back to February, we have even longer to go, not to mention the fears about what such a release date, especially for what was once such a high profile project, can mean. This is one of those films that already sounded intriguing, and the Wachoswki’s aren’t known for making small, dull movies, but the more we see, the more gonzo it looks. To that end, there’s a brand spanking new trailer to gawk at for a while.
Seriously, between exploring entirely new worlds, Channing Tatum fighting some kind of winged demon creature while wearing what appear to be rocket boots, and Eddie Redmayne’s villain Balem, who goes from gothic understatement to scenery-chewing rage in the span of a single sentence, this looks absolutely bonkers. It’s hard to come up with words to describe this trailer because, while it is quite gorgeous to look at, this promises to be a wee bit nuts. February is usually a bland wasteland of films the studios largely hope will be forgotten, but this is one we’re definitely intrigued to see.
There are hints of intergalactic conspiracy and warfare, which is always good for a laugh. Sean Bean shows up, so you have to immediately wonder how he’s going to die, and given the wide array of options, it better be spectacular (he should really have that added as a rider on all of his contracts, the he requires an awesome death). We get to travel to far away worlds, ride on incredible spaceships, and encounter all kinds of strange alien life.
In the world of Jupiter Ascending the human race is near the bottom of the food chain. Jupiter (Mila Kunis) is a young, broke woman making ends meet by scrubbing rich people’s toilets, but, as it turns out, unbeknownst to her, she shares the same genetic code with the Queen of the Universe, which puts her in line to, well, inherit literally everything. But it also makes her a target. Chan-Chan’s Caine is an albino man-wolf hybrid who is supposed to find her, but, as you can clearly see, falls in love with her and protects her from harm.
There is some very unusual stuff going on here, like when Caine says he has more in common with a dog that Jupiter, but she says she’s always loved dogs. Admittedly, that’s a very awkward moment, but it really exemplifies the WTF nature of this trailer and what we know of the film thus far. I have no idea what the hell is happening, but I can’t wait to find out, this looks crazy.
Jupiter Ascending also stars Douglas Booth, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy, and apparently Terry Gilliam shows up at some point, and opens everywhere on February 6, 2015.